….Police Chief Tells Southeasterners
In continuation of its efforts to ensure that there is peace during the pending presidential and representative elections in October, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has ended its nationwide non-violence campaign in southeastern Liberia.
Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman told citizens of Grand Gedeh, Maryland and Grand Kru counties during separate visits that the police’s non-violence campaign and messages of peace should not be construed as a sign of weakness on the part of LNP.
He urged citizens of the southeastern region to discourage their children from engaging into violence, emphasizing that they should not be used to promote the selfish interest of others during the elections.
Coleman assured the citizens of the LNP’s protection during and after the 2017 elections but admonished them to approach the elections with a spirit of peace and unity.
He believes if the transition process is managed properly and void of violence, it will signify to the international community that Liberians are prepared to manage their own affairs.
Coleman mentioned that security agencies of Liberia are concerned about the peaceful conduct of the elections and as such, LNP is seeking partnership with the entire citizenry in making the elections violence free.
“We have been traveling across the country promoting a peaceful conduct of the pending elections for the safety of all and the development of our country therefore, such initiative on our part should not be considered as a sign of weakness”, the Police Chief stressed.
He said the police are prepared to adequately deal with any situation that would undermine the electoral process.
He admonished the citizens to get involved with initiatives that will promote peace. Coleman asked the citizens to alert the security sector of anything that has the propensity to derail peace and undermine national security. Coleman and his delegation also took the non-violence campaign to Rivercess County.
In response, the citizens said they were shocked to see the Liberia National Police taking the lead way in promoting a peaceful election.
The citizens expressed their commitment in promoting the initiative launched by the police but called on the Liberian Government to provide logistical support that will enable the police deploy at all polling centers across the country.
They called on the police to do away with acts that will portray them as partisan institution.